Helpful Tips to Ace Your Next Interview

By: Josefina Romano, DPS Marketing Coordinator & Blogger

You finally got a call back for an interview! – now the pressure is on. This is your big chance to impress your potential new employer. There could be an array of situations that can come your way during an interview but with these extra tips you can feel confident that you will come out victorious.  

Research your future potential employer

Nothing is less appealing to an interviewer than appearing unprepared. To avoid this, do your research and truly understand the company that you are interviewing with. Reading up on a company’s advantage strategy and their culture can be a simple way to earn extra points.

Practice common interview questions

You’d be surprised how many times perfectly qualified candidates have decreased their chances of getting a job because they didn’t know how to answer a common interview question. Don’t let this be you, there are numerous resources online to help you practice questions and answers. Some company review sources such as glassdoor.com even list interview questions that other applicants before you have received from your same interviewer. This can also help to calm your pre-interview nerves since you will at least have an idea of what to expect.

Be authentic

How many times have you received advice to just be yourself? Well, it’s true. This is one of the most important aspects that can set you apart from the other multiple interviewees that are striving for your same job position. Focus on your strengths and what you can bring to the company, this will help you display your best self and your interviewer will undoubtedly see it.

Keep your social media clean

A recent study shows that 91% of employers use social media to screen prospective candidates. Try to keep your social media clean specially while you are job hunting. Employers usually scan for inappropriate photos, remarks and even to measure your communication skills. Social media is a way to express yourself but always be aware that it is also public information that can affect you in the future.

Close the deal and say thank you

Wouldn’t you like to know where you stand at the end of your interview? There are professional ways to ask your interviewer whether they are considering you for the position. You can ask if they believe that you are a good fit for the position or what are the next steps in the hiring process. This confirms to the interviewer that you are still genuinely interested in the position. Lastly, always say thank you. Whether you leave a simple thank you card with the receptionist addressed to your interviewer or send a follow up E-mail, your interviewer will surely take notice and keep you in mind.